The Society for Human Resources Management survey found that in 68% of organizations offering flexible work arrangements, employee participation remained the same. However, fewer saw increasing participation for 3 years in a row.
SHRM concluded that HR professionals need to continue to focus on cultural barriers that may influence participation rates. In particular, they need to work with managers and leaders to model flexibility in their own approaches to work, and to demonstrate that those who do make use of flexible work are not penalized when it comes to promotions and career opportunities.
Only 4 industry sectors achieve double-digits in flex work participation: manufacturing (27%); professional, scientific and technical services (14%); healthcare and social assistance (14%); and finance and insurance (12%).